About Fatback

The Frame That Changed it All

When the Fatback first arrived on the scene, fat bikes were limited to the Surly Pugsley and a few custom steel bikes. We wanted something that handled more like a bike, put the rider in a more comfortable position, accommodated wider rims, and allowed for the use of a strong 29er wheelset in the summer, and came in under 4 lbs. The Fatback was created.

We began testing a 165mm rear hub before deciding the 170mm symmetrical rear was created a better clearance and tire sizes, After pushing the limits with tire size we began to develop 190mm and 197mm rear hubs, where most of the industry has followed. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, hence the introduction of a fat bike into almost every major brands lineup. Fatback led the innovation which has helped the fat bike gain such great popularity. We strive to continue to the push the limits, with high quality, innovative, and well thought out bikes and accessories.

The Team

Fatback Bikes is run by a handful of shop guys

What’s our passion? The Ride.  We love bikes to, but it’s all about getting out on the trails, and into the back country. We are explorers, bike backers, racers and commuters.  If we can’t do it by bike, we try and figure out a way that we can. Our meetings often get side tracked with conversations about places we want to go ride and “make a film or do a photo shoot”. The only bad part, our list is getting longer not shorter! Keep an eye out for our next adventure, We’re thinking New Zealand or maybe Peru!

Greg Matyas
Owner

Greg Matyas was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska where he has a long history of racings skis, bikes and wrestling wolves. In 2007 he opened Speedway Cycles, which caters to all aspects of the cycling community including entry level and kids bikes to top of the line mountain and road bikes. He is the mastermind behind the Fatback bike line and continues to use his vast cycling knowledge and enthusiasm for the sport to improve on the Fatback design and bring new and innovative products to the market.

Fuzzy John Mylne
Brand Manager

Fuzzy started exploring his world by bike when he was 5-6, riding the hills around his house with friends. From there he started racing when he was about 11 years old. In his racing career he has raced the road, triathlons, and mountain biking. Mountain biking was his true passion, it took him to places that he would never get to by foot. In his mountain biking career he raced for both  the Sho-Air  team and Niner Bikes factory team, winning multiple national championships along the way. Now, he spends a lot of his riding time pulling a ski trailer with kids in tow behind the fat bike and exploring the trails around Oakridge Oregon.

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
2007 Fatback Sunset

2007

Fatbacks first Titanium frame is made and sold, utilizing symmetrical 165 rear hubs and Phil Wood square taper bb's

Timeline 2008

2008

  • Fatback introduced the world to the 170mm symmetrical hub for the correct chain line and improved tire clearance.
  • Uma - first light weight, single wall fat bike rims with bead locks.
Timeline 2007

2009

  • Aluminum Fatback frames debut
  • First tubeless fat rims using Uma II rims, Stan's tape and sealant.
  • Worked with FifteenG(E13) to develop the first lightweight 2 piece cranks
  • First carbon 135 fat fork
Timeline 2010

2010

  • Fatback has FSA produce a 2 piece lightweight Afterburner cranks to increase tire clearance.
  • Uma 90 tubeless rims are introduced.
  • We introduced the US made (Waterford) True Temper OX Platinum steel frames.
Timeline 2011

2011

Fatback introduces tapered head tube frames and tapered steer tube carbon forks, as well as direct mount front derailleurs

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2012

Introduced the new industry standard 190(197) hubs and 190 frames with clearance for 5” tires.

Timeline 2013

2013

  • Fatback introduces the first fat, singlewall, tubeless carbon rims
  • Fatback introduces the Corvus carbon frameset and sets new records in the Iditarod Trail Invitational.
Timeline 2014

2014

  • Fatback tweaks the layup on the Corvus frames to create the most comfortable, best handling fat bike on the market.
Timeline 2015

2015

  • Rhino and Skookum models were introduced to broaden the use of fat bikes, and make them year round bikes
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2016

  • We released our Premium level products - FLT continuing to push advance the technology and capabilities of what is possible on a fat bike.
  • Complete redesign of the Corvus to make it the best balanced and most capable bike in the line.


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